Rick Scott Must End Suspension Of Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi, State Supreme Court Rules

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State of Florida

Former Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi won't be heading back to office, but the Supreme Court has ruled that Governor Rick Scott must formally un-suspend him anyway.


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Ex-Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman Sentenced to 22 Months on Corruption Charges

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What a week for crooked mayor news, even by Miami standards. After former North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau was found guilty on fraud charges earlier this week, another former area mayor received his sentence for an earlier corruption case.

Steve Bateman, formerly the mayor of Homestead, will spend the next 22 months behind bars.


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Student Who Was Statutorily Raped by Teacher Sues Miami-Dade Schools

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Miami-Dade Corrections

A former student who lost her virginity to her teacher in a classroom is now suing Miami-Dade County Public Schools for failing to properly protect her. The now-17-year-old victim says the teacher, 33-year-old Bresnniell Jansen, had previously been accused of sending an inappropriate text to another teen in 2008 but was never disciplined.


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Teen Arrested For Murdering Man Who Was Trying to Protect Children

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Miami-Dade Corrections

On November 13th, Bradley Holt, 24, was standing in front of an apartment building when a yellow Mustang pulled up and tried to do donuts in a parking lot where a group of children were playing. Holt yelled at the driver to quit driving so erratically, but his attempt at keeping kids safe was met with a bullet.

The car originally left the scene, but came back later and someone inside the car shot Holt. He was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Police have now arrested an as-yet unidentified 16-year-old for the murder. Nineteen-year-old Jaquan Mejia was also arrested for a burglary that occurred while the two were trying to flee police.


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Two Men Arrested for Raping Mentally Ill Woman in Miami Beach Bar Alley

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Miami-Dade Corrections
Bryant and Barnes

Bobby Lee Bryant and Derrick Barnes are behind bars after allegedly committing a heinous crime in the alleyway behind a popular Miami Beach bar.

Police say the men were caught raping a mentally ill woman in the alley way behind the Lost Weekend and Kill Your Idol bars near Espanola Way and Collins Court. The incident happened at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.


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Lucie Tondreau, North Miami's Ex-Mayor, Found Guilty on All Charges of Mortgage Fraud

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City of North Miami

Lucie Tondreau's political rise and fall was swift. She was elected to office as North Miami's first female mayor in May 2013. Then she was arrested and suspended from office less than a year later, and now she's been found guilty on all charges.

After just two hours of deliberation, the 12-person jury found Tondreau guilty on multiple conspiracy and fraud charges. She now faces up to 30 years behind bars, and will be sentenced next March.


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Jury Finds Alan Levan, Former Head of BankAtlantic, Lied to Investors During Housing Bubble

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Alan Levan, the former chairman of Florida-based BankAtlantic Bancorp, has been found responsible by a federal jury for intentionally defrauding investors in 2007 right before the bottom fell out of Florida's housing market.

Levan will not face criminal charges, as the judgment came as the result of a civil suit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Instead, the SEC will seek to slap Levan with a civil fine and ban him from being an executive at any public company.


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Michele Traverso, Driver Who Killed Cyclist on Rickenbacker, Headed Back to Prison on Probation Violation

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Michele Traverso will spend at least the next two years in prison for violating probation after having already previously served 22 months for the 2012 hit-and-run death of cyclist Aaron Cohen.

Last Saturday, Traverso was supposed to be in his parent's Key Biscayne condo when a probation officer came to check in on him at 5 a.m. Traverso was actually on the beach behind the building. He said he was there because his parents wouldn't let his girlfriend stay in the condo.


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Man Arrested For Putting Another Man in a Coma Over Grocery Store Checkout Argument

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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
Roger Perry does not seem like a nice man. The 53-year-old tried to check out with full basket of groceries in the express lane, and then when another man pointed out he was in the wrong lane, Perry allegedly hit him so hard he ended up in a coma.

Perry then ran away, but police finally caught up with him yesterday.

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Miami Cops, Public Service Aides Suspended Over Tow Truck Scheme

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A complaint that began with towing companies grumbling at a city commission meeting about "pirate" drivers stealing their city-approved jobs has reportedly blossomed into a mass FBI probe of Miami cops. Now three Miami officers and two public service aides have been suspended under allegations that they called unapproved tow trucks to accident scenes in return for a kickback.

"We haven't been given any official notice, just word that there's a federal investigation involved," Sgt. Javier Ortiz, president of Miami's police union, tells Riptide.

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